Best bike for Gothemburg ?

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Best bike for Gothemburg ?

Inläggav Magonaiver » 16-05-19 21:26

Hi I am from Greece and I will come to Gothemburg . I like road bikes because I do 35klm to 150klm every 2 days. What road bike is suitable for Gothemburg ? I believe is Kona Rav Al because it can take tyres with 40 width , because it will bw necesary in the winter ? any other thoughts ?

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Re: Best bike for Gothemburg ?

Inläggav Magonaiver » 16-05-19 23:48

I have done some reading and I realise that if you want to be in Hisingens Cykelklubb and follow them on their trainning days , you need to have a road bike with 23mm or 25mm tyres . Probaply I dont need a road bike that kan get 40 mm tyres , because they stop cykling in November.

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Re: Best bike for Gothemburg ?

Inläggav Jason Brim » 16-05-20 07:46

Rule #12: The correct number of bikes to own is n+1. :wink:

The roads in Sweden are generally really good, so most people ride on 23-27 mm tyres on road bikes. Of course you could go up to something bigger for the autumn and winter, but even then it isn't that necessary with 40 mm tyres. Most cyclocross bikes come with 30-35 mm tyres, and that is sufficient for winter here. The only thing you might want to consider is studded tyres (or at least a studded front tyre) if you really want to ride all winter.

Hope that helps.

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Re: Best bike for Gothemburg ?

Inläggav Magonaiver » 16-05-20 20:50

Yes , cyclocross is good idea cause I believe it can take 25mm tyres and 32mm tyres with nails .
MAybe cyclocross need to put a longer stem to be more stable to the road .
So we need in Sweden 30-35mm tyres with thread from 1st November to 1st of March ?

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Re: Best bike for Gothemburg ?

Inläggav Jason Brim » 16-05-23 08:04

Magonaiver skrev:So we need in Sweden 30-35mm tyres with thread from 1st November to 1st of March ?


Not really. It all depends on the weather. In Gothenburg we don't always get a proper winter, and when the ice and snow do come, they often only last for a week.

You might want wider tyres, but you don't necessarily need a proper tread - it depends on the surface you're riding on. (You don't want a mud tyre if you're only on the road, and conversely you don't want a road tyre if you're riding on gravel all winter.)

But yeah, a good CX will suit all conditions (but that is true for almost every country).

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Re: Best bike for Gothemburg ?

Inläggav Magonaiver » 16-05-24 20:17

I want to join your club and come for light training 30-80klm distances and average speeds 15-25 klm I believe to suceed on that , I need a road bike with 25-27 tyres width and about 8-10 kilos heavy . and my spd petals .. That is the exact bike I have here in Greece.

Is better for Gothemburg to have v-brakes or disc brakes?

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Re: Best bike for Gothemburg ?

Inläggav Jason Brim » 16-05-25 07:40

Magonaiver skrev:I want to join your club and come for light training 30-80klm distances and average speeds 15-25 klm I believe to suceed on that

Check the forum Klubbens träningsrundor for up-to-date info about which rides we have coming up. We usually have three groups, with the slowest group averaging around 23 km/h, so try that :)


Magonaiver skrev:Is better for Gothemburg to have v-brakes or disc brakes?

Rim brakes or disc brakes are fine. During the winter there is a lot of salt on the roads, so disc brakes are better then, as you are less likely to wear out your rims. But it is of course personal preference. Most people in Sweden ride road bikes with rim brakes.

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Re: Best bike for Gothemburg ?

Inläggav Magonaiver » 16-05-30 14:20

Thanks! Is there any link about your club's cykel clothing ?
Do I need neoprene shoes covers in Guthemburg? or something lighter?

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Re: Best bike for Gothemburg ?

Inläggav Jason Brim » 16-05-30 15:07

Magonaiver skrev:Thanks! Is there any link about your club's cykel clothing ?
Do I need neoprene shoes covers in Guthemburg? or something lighter?


It depends...today it is gloriously sunny and about 27°C.
But it is best to be prepared for all occasions.

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